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massage fat blasterWe all need a good massage occasionally and I have a recipe for a massage oil that will have you wanting a massage everyday. You only need a 1 ounce bottle filled with 1 ounce of liquid shea oil. The essential oils to add are:

  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops neroli
  • 3 drops lavender

After adding the essential oils to the liquid shea oil, screw the cap on and shake gently. Pour about the size of a quarter into your hands and massage all over you body avoiding your face, eyes and sensitive areas. When the massage is completed, always wash your hands.

facial massageI truly believe giving yourself a facial massage daily or at least twice a week is highly beneficial for your skin and your well-being. The right facial massage has a multitude of benefits for the skin. It increases circulation, helps with puffiness and congestion and firms and tones the skin naturally.  Using natural skin care facial products, you can do this type of massage in your own home.

Using the right natural skin care products on our skin is only one part of good skin care. Your lifestyle plays a huge part on how your skin looks. If you do not sleep and eat well and you often feel stressed, these things can have a major impact on your skin and can be triggers for skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea. In fact meditation is probably the number one best thing you can do for your skin and your mental condition.

Do you like aromatherapy candles? Most people use aromatherapy candles because they like the scent. You can have the scent without the toxins by using an aromatherapy diffuser. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider using a diffuser instead of candles:

  • Some candles are made of an unhealthy petroleum by-product – paraffin. If you use candles for any reason, use only the ones made of soy or beeswax.
  • If the candle has a metal wick instead of a cotton one, it is probably releasing lead into the air.
  • Too many times the aroma comes from a synthetic scent that is toxic even when it is unburned.
  • Some experts believe burning essential oils reduces their therapeutic value.


I usually use an aromatherapy diffuser to burn essential oils to scent my rooms or for other aromatherapy purposes. I also love burning scented candles but I am careful of the type of candles I burn. If you simply love the ambiance of flickering candle light, you can now purchase flameless candles.

I rubbed my index finger on the top heating element of the oven when I reached in to take out some chocolate chip cookies I was baking for my grandchildren. I didn’t say a bad word but I did yell and almost dropped the cookies. I usually put aloe vera juice directly from the plant on burns but my grandkids watered my plant to death and I had given it to my neighbor to nurse back to health (because I definitely do not have a green thumb.) My husband swears by lavender essential oil for everything from bruises to cuts to burns so I put lavender on the burn and hoped for the best.

This was a really bad burn because when I jumped I also rubbed the skin against the metal bracket holding the heating element and tore the burned flesh. I put two to three drops of lavender oil neat (no carrier oil) on the burn 2 to 3 times a day and it was healed in a week.  You can barely see where the injury was and it is still fading.

back pain2Massage eases all kinds of backache pain. You can massage your lower back yourself but you might have to get a partner to massage your upper back. You can apply the oils to your upper back with a sponge or cloth attached to a back brush. There are even tools for applying lotion on your back and those would work well for applying your essential oil blends too.

Ice massage is excellent for lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis. Typists, clerical workers and other jobs that require you to sit in one position for a long time can cause you to develop these conditions. You may get a chronic ache in the upper back muscles which can go into spasms. Ice massage will help any area that feels inflamed. Prepare your ice in advance so that it is ready when your muscles are aching. Fill several styrofoam cups with water and freeze them, then cut the styrofoam down so that the ice is protruding. Massage the inflamed area with the ice using circular motions.

Back Pain Synergistic Blend

  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops basil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid shea oil

Mix the blend and use it anytime you have a muscle ache, especially in the back area.

lower back pain

Have you ever told someone your back hurts and then had to listen to them talk about how bad their back hurts? It just goes to show you that there are many of us that have a back ache problem. Back aches stem from a myriad of reasons from stress to lifting boxes, from poor posture to whiplash; even degenerative diseases can cause back pain. There are different types of back pain too: lumbago affects the lower back; sciatica causes pain in the buttocks radiating out to the thighs and legs; fibrositis, tender bunches of fibrous tissues in your muscles; arthritis; curvature of the spine; slipped discs; and pains caused by weak muscles in the back or abdomen and tension.

Essential oils give delightful relief from chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into muscle tissue encouraging them to expand, they increase blood flow to the affected area and allow torn fibrous muscle tissues to be repaired by the body. The best essential oils to use in treating back pain are thyme, camphor, chamomile, vetiver, cypress, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, ginger, lavender, juniper, sage, and oregano. They are best used in blends and only 5 drops per teaspoon of a carrier oil like almond oil or grape seed oil. My favorite blend is 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops peppermint, 5 drops lavender and 5 drops ginger diluted in 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil.


If you are one to get them often, keep your basic essential oil kit supplied with the oils that help alleviate headaches. Since headaches develop for a variety of reasons, here is a short list of different types of headaches and the best essential oils to use to ease them.

For general headaches that develop for no apparent reason, blend 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of peppermint in 1 drop of liquid shea oil. Use this blend to massage around the temples, the base of the skull, and along the hairline.

If you have eaten the wrong foods and develop a gastric headache, mix 1 drop of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon of honey, dissolve them in a glass of warm water and sip slowly. Combine 1 drop of rosemary, 2 drops of peppermint, and 1 drop of lavender to massage the back of the neck.  This combination can also be dropped on a tissue to inhale.

For a nervous or tension headache, use the same treatment as for the general headache but use 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of chamomile instead of the general headache oils. In addition, you can massage the upper abdomen in a clockwise direction with 1 drop of geranium, 2 drops lemon, and 3 drops lavender diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil.

I have a friend who suffers from fibromyalgia and I searched for natural ways to help ease the pain. I have found that while aromatherapy massage is often recommended, deep or intense massage cannot be tolerated by many fibromyalgia sufferers. The alternative is to gently apply the essential oils with a light touch massage.

There are a number of testimonials that credit the relief they got to the use of essential oils. Lavender essential oil provides relaxation and can be used along with basil and marjoram, mixed with massage oil and rubbed in for spasms and cramps. Peppermint oil can also be used to stop that dull aching pain but don’t forget to dilute it in a carrier oil– 25 drops to 1/2 oz of jojoba or other carrier oil. If any of our readers have used these or other aromatherapy essential oils for fibromyalgia pain relief, please post a comment.

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